The Kansas City Chiefs are reportedly amenable to potentially trading quarterback Alex Smith this offseason, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.
Rapoport, speaking Saturday morning ahead of the Chiefs’ playoff game against the Tennessee Titans, said that the Chiefs won’t be actively looking to trade the quarterback, per se, but will be “open” to doing a deal.
From @GMFB Weekend: The #Panthers extension for coach Ron Rivera is now done… and why the #Chiefs embarrassment of riches at QB may lead to an Alex Smith trade this offseason. pic.twitter.com/y4OYZNvsuY
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 6, 2018
“Most certainly they are going to listen to offers for Smith, and offers are expected to come considering the fervent offseason quarterback market that is coming,” Rapoport said. “So many teams need quarterbacks, and when you consider the Redskins could end up holding onto Kirk Cousins depending on which way that goes, Smith could be the hottest commodity.”
This really isn’t surprising whatsoever. Even before the season began, Smith’s days as a member of the Chiefs were numbered. The team spent a ton of draft capital to move up in last year’s draft to select Patrick Mahomes, and Smith himself knew his replacement had been drafted.
It’s been a banner year for the former No. 1 overall pick of the San Francisco 49ers. Smith leads the league in passer rating (104.7). He finished the regular season having completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 4,042 yards with 26 touchdowns and five interceptions.